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“Chicago’s Maxwell Street” – Book a book talk!

The Maxwell Street Foundation offers a slide lecture on the book, “Chicago’s Maxwell Street”, that it coauthored in 2002 for Arcadia Publishing, Inc.  Rich images shown from the book chronicle Maxwell Street and its Market from its earliest days in the 19th and 20th centuries through to its transformation in the 21st century.  Its heyday in the decades of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s demonstrate the strength and vitality of the original street Market.  Created by city ordinance in 1912 in a neighborhood comprised of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, the Maxwell Street Market has remained to this day the official open air Market for the City of Chicago, now continuing its legacy on Desplaines Avenue in the same Near West neighborhood of its origin.  The slide lecture for “Chicago’s Maxwell Street” is approximately 40 minutes in duration, and can be presented to a variety of audiences to explore themes in history, immigration, migration, Blues and Gospel music, commerce and cultural diversity.  Q&A sessions follow each presentation.  A suggested honorarium for the slide lecture is $100 payable to the Maxwell Street Foundation to further its mission.  To book a book talk, please contact or call (312) 243-0394.